The European Commission has published guidelines on the use of AI and data in teaching and learning for teachers.
As the field of AI rapidly develops, it has the potential to change our lives and transform the way we work, live, and learn. The development of AI is also an opportunity to address many challenges in education, including the need to increase access to high-quality education for all students.However, given the fast pace of developments in this area, there are challenges and risks associated with using AI in schools. These include: insufficient information about risks/benefit trade-offs; lack of transparency regarding how data is collected/used; lack of clarity over who owns data generated by children; limited protection from cyber-attacks on personal data while stored on digital devices such as laptops and tablets etc. To address these issues and others, the European Commission has published ethical guidelines on using AI in schools.
The EU is publishing Ethical Guidelines on using AI in schools.
As a teacher or school leader in today’s world, you are likely to use data in your teaching and learning practices. The Ethical Guidelines on using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data in Teaching and Learning will help teachers, school leaders, and policymakers identify good practices in using AI and data in schools. These guidelines provide practical advice for using AI safely while respecting privacy rights. They also set out principles by which information gathered through machine learning techniques should be anonymized before being made publicly available online – so that people cannot be identified from their profile alone without further information available elsewhere.
The European Commission published a checklist based on the fundamental principles described in the Ethical Guidelines on using AI and data in education.
The European Commission has published a checklist based on the fundamental principles described in the Ethical Guidelines on using AI and data in education. This checklist is designed for teachers who want to use AI and data in teaching and learning.
The fundamental principles include:
- Respect for human rights and dignity;
- Respect for privacy and data protection;
- Respect for transparency and accountability;
- Respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion;
The checklist asks you to consider whether your planned uses of AI or data meet each of these standards.
The aim of these guidelines is to ensure the ethical and responsible use of AI in the field of education.
These guidelines aim to inspire teachers, school leaders, researchers, policymakers, and others interested in developing AI-based tools to ensure that they are used ethically and implemented responsibly. As you seek to develop new digital learning resources or use AI in your classroom, you must remember the importance of user data protection and privacy. The guidelines offer advice on how to ensure that users understand the terms of any contract with an online service provider (e.g., Google’s terms of service) and how users can delete their data from any given platform if they wish to do so. The Commission is committed to supporting schools using AI and data in education. AI can help teachers improve their practice, increase student engagement and use data better through more effective analytics. However, it is also noted that these tools need to be used responsibly so that they do not have unintended consequences for pupils.